a decade dedicated to family and fun - skiers on whaleback mountain

This year, Whaleback Mountain is celebrating 10 years as a non-profit organization. Over the past decade, Whaleback Mountain has continued to provide the Upper Valley with an affordable and accessible winter sports experience for all members of the community.

While many ski resorts have become overcrowded and expensive, Whaleback has remained dedicated to sustaining the soul of snow sports. The mountain offers opportunities for all age groups and all backgrounds to not only develop and hone skills but also to instill a lifetime appreciation for winter sports surrounded by members of our community who share the same passion.

After School Program (Feb 2023).

Throughout the winter season, Whaleback offers a variety of opportunities for the community to get involved. Upper Valley elementary and middle school students can participate in an after-school program that is tailored to their experience level. Currently, over 600 students from the Upper Valley participate in the program with participation rates continuing to grow. On Thursday nights, adults can join a ski race league, competing for weekly prizes. In addition, the mountain just recently launched a new uphill program for racers or casual groups to skin up the mountain and then ski down.

Whaleback has also expanded its experiences beyond the snowy season. During the summer, the mountain offers a summer camp for kids ages 5-12. “We saw an opportunity to step in and provide an affordable summer daycare option for our community,” said Whaleback’s executive director, Jonathan Hunt. “We are excited to see this program grow and get more kids outside!”

Young Skier in Beluga Explorers (Feb 2022).

Camp counselors and staff guide the kids through daily summer camp adventures such as nature walks, beach volleyball, arts and crafts, and more. Here, kids can escape into nature on the very same slopes that they navigated in the snow just a few months earlier.

During the fall, Whaleback hosts a “Flannel Fest”, which consists of live music, delicious food and drinks, and a silent auction in support of the Upper Valley Snowsports Foundation at Whaleback Mountain.

Thanks to the generosity of local donors and several philanthropic organizations, Whaleback offers scholarships for both the summer children’s camp and winter ski lessons. To date, Whaleback has awarded nearly 100 percent of requests from children and families seeking financial aid, regardless of their ability to pay.

Whether you are learning how to ski, racing down the slopes under the lights, or throwing on a flannel, Whaleback not only offers an escape into nature but also a place grounded in community. Nurturing a sense of connection and belonging has become increasingly important in our society as technology advances and we face a faster-paced life. Whaleback is the ultimate breath of fresh air. It is more than just a mountain –it is a positive force that brings people together to connect on a deeper level through unique experiences.

The past 10 years at Whaleback Mountain would not have been possible without the continuous support of the community. This support is a key component to the sustainability of the mountain and its mission. “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff at Whaleback Mountain thank you, we are so excited about the future and it doesn’t happen without our community,” Hunt said.

Learn more, join the Whaleback family, and sign up for our weekly email newsletter, Tales From the Whale, at www.whaleback.com.

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